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Fatty Chain | a round dance for all from 5 years onwards

Fatty Chain | a round dance for all from 5 years onwards

Side by side, behind each other, around in a circle – hands held out, shoulders clasped, elbows hooked underneath – six dancers move through the room like one unit. Together they create the rhythm that guides them. Who leads the group? Is there a master of ceremonies? Through the complexity of movement, rhythm and song, the performers merge into a unity, a chain: like the links of a chain, they are interwoven, connected, sometimes open, sometimes closed – without beginning – without end, sometimes as a circle, sometimes as a row. With their movements they interweave, tie themselves to each other and thus create a human web, a body chain. They negotiate with each other, each is responsible – each chain is as strong as its weakest link. The performers engage in an increasingly frenzied game, breathing new energy and fun into the time-honored dances and chants. This creates a dynamic and rhythm that is also transferred to the audience and breathes new life into the tradition of the round dance. With her new production, choreographer Barbara Fuchs immerses herself in the tradition of the REIG – in this oldest cultural asset of the Occident, dance and song become a community-building ritual. All movements – no matter from which culture they originate – become a ceremonial act and the dance a magical ceremony of movement. The bodies of the performers are central to the ritual acts as well as to the collective embodiment. After the round dance was replaced by the couple dance in Europe, this collective kind of embodiment still shows up in everyday ritual actions: from playing and storytelling together in kindergarten, to spiritual body communities in yoga and tai chi, to collectively ecstatic bodies in la ola waves and communal chants in soccer stadiums FATTY CHAIN is a production of tanzfuchs PRODUKTION in cooperation with ehrenfeldstudios e.V., supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Fonds Darstellende Künste. tanzfuchs PRODUKTION receives top funding from the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

DATES

Sat. August 21 I 6pm I PREMIERE

Sun. August 22 I 4pm

Mon. 23 & Tue. August 24 I 10am

Sat. 16 & Sun. October 17 I 4pm

at ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

*Sat. & Sun. before the performance: “ONE MOMENT, PLEASE” – a 10-minute improvisation performance by Caroline Simon

TEAM

Direction, Stage, Light: Barbara Fuchs

Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff

Performance: Odile Foehl, Katharina Sim, Alina Feske, Arthur Schopa, Michael Zier, Philine Herrlein

Costume: Stefanie Bold Lighting: Wolfgang Pütz

Press Work: Kerstin Rosemann

Production Management: Olivia Bott

NRW Scholarship holder for children’s and youth theater: Ronja Nadler

 

 

Karla, Ändi, Arthur | A listening-dancing-play for 2 bipeds and 4 paws for everyone from 5 years onward

Karla, Ändi, Arthur | A listening-dancing-play for 2 bipeds and 4 paws for everyone from 5 years onward

 

Barking and singing, fur-covered stones and furry flowers, here a breeze blows, a smell comes from there – in Karla’s, Ändi’s and Arthur’s world there is much to see, hear and feel – each of the three does this in his/her own way: Karla sees with her knee, Ändi preferably with her nose. Arthur prefers to look good. Besides, Karla is older than Ändi and Arthur, Ändi has four legs instead of two, and Arthur is the only one with dark hair. On the other hand, Ändi can drum with his tail, Karla knows how to dress, and Arthur knows how to move. In this world dogs and humans are equal: no matter wether they are quadrupeds or bipeds, old or young, fury or not – cuddling, kissing, chatting, rubbing, dancing or looking at the stars is most beautiful in a when done with the three of them.

Choreographer Barbara Fuchs, composer Jörg Ritzenhoff and the dancer Arthur Schopa have let Karla Faßbender and her guide dog Ändi show them a new world. It is not the world as we know it through which Ändi leads Karla, but a realm in which all of the senses are equal. Follow, Karla, Ändi and Arthur into this unique world.

 

Dates

 

PREMIERE: October 1st, 2021 at 6 p.m.

FURTHER DATES: October 2nd + 3rd, 2021 at 4 p.m.

each at the ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

December 3rd + 4th, 2021 at the tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf

January 29 & 30 2022 I 4pm

January 31 & February 1 2022 I 10am

at the ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

For people with visual impairments, we offer a touch tour on stage half an hour before the performance. Please register for this with us in advance.

 

 

 

Team

 

Idea, artistic direction: Barbara Fuchs

Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff

Performance and choreography: Karla Faßbender, Ändi, Arthur Schopa

Lighting: Wolfgang Pütz

Stage: Odile Foehl

Costumes: Stefanie Bold

Production: Vivica Bocks

Mediation: Alina Feske

Press work: Kerstin Rosemann

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Allein, zu zweit, zu dritt

by Jörg Ritzenhoff | Allein, zu zweit, zu dritt

Mischpoke

Mischpoke

entangled, dented, on top and underneath, woven, tangled, frayed, with each other and mixed up, twisted, torn, chaotic, a cohort, a mob, a whole pack, the MISCHPOKE!

The Yiddism MISCHPOKE stands for family, society, clan.

Everyone is someone’s child, but family constellations are as diverse as relationships between people can ever be. The dance piece MISCHPOKE plays touchingly and humorously, as well as energetically and impulsively with the interweaving of relationships between family generations. In the participatory project with professional dancers and their children between 3 and 71, the potentials, changes and different qualities of the body structure between the performers are examined and rumpled. A MISCHPOKE with tentacle and antenna moves through the room to rediscover the cosmos of kinship together with the audience.

I think babies should be rare, nurtured, and precious; and kin should be abundant, unexpected, enduring, and precious. Donna Haraway

The premiere of MISCHPOKE took place on November 02, 2019 in the ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne.

Further performance dates: 

1. November 2020 | tba in Brotfabrik Bonn (https://brotfabrik-bonn.de/)

 

 

TEAM 

Performer: Antonia Ritzenhoff, Arthur Schopa, Caspar Winkelmann, Emily Welther, Barbara Fuchs, Jörg Ritzenhoff, Karel Vanek, Louis Schopa, Lovi Voigt, Lucas  Cualbu, Nora Pfahl, Odile Foehl, Pella Voigt, Sara Boehm, Sonia Mota
Idea and direction: Barbara Fuchs
Composition: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Light: Wolfgang Pütz and Barbara Fuchs
Costumes: Stefanie Bold
Dramaturgy: Henrike Kollmar and Ursula Nill
PR: Kerstin Rosemann

Photography: cMEYER_ORIGINALS

MISCHPOKE is a production by tanzfuchs PRODUKTION in cooperation with ehrenfeldstudios, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw as part of Take-off: Junger Tanz, sponsored by the Cultural Office of the City of Düsseldorf and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW. Further supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Kunststiftung NRW and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW. Residence within the framework of the NRW Mittelzentren Förderung Bonn. tanzfuchs PRODUKTION receives Promotion of Excellence Funding for Children and Youth Theater of the State of NRW.

Press quotes

[…] There is a lot of spontaneity in the game of the 14 players, and yet nothing happens here without a plan. On the contrary, the staging surprises again and again with its smooth scene changes. 

One pulls and tugs at each other, small and large face each other in many moments, one looks for each other in formations that look like centipedes, and breaks up the community.

Kölnische Rundschau December 2019

[…] Everyone has their own physical aura, you can experience the authenticity of the lively primary school pupils as well as the self-consciousness of the young teenagers or the elegance of the dancer Sonia Mota.

CHOICES 2020, January

Pffhhh… – A rubber dance play

Pffhhh… – A rubber dance play

Bicycle tube snails, tyre-furniture, air pump-kisses and in the midst of all is a dancer who moves as if made of rubber. Seemingly boneless and rather flexible the rubber girl moves through her own world. Here everything can be twisted, squashed, blown up and formed. Everything squeals, gnarls and pipes. Pffhhh… The choreographer and dancer Barbara Fuchs likes to twist the common view on objects and their material qualities. Leaning on anarchy, with affection for the absurd and for humour she engages in her artistic composition. Together with composer Jörg Ritzenhoff she developed Pffhhh…, a solo where not only rubber in various manifestations but also dancer Odile Foehl are tested for their elastic potential. The tanzfuchs team breathes a new life to bicycle tubes and rubber tyres, creates new spaces for experience beyond the known and changes things to companions of the dancer. Everything is object to change, yet never for long.

Pffhhh… is part of the performance project RESPACE on the relations between space, memory, sound and performance by the label tanzfuchs PRODUKTION, headed by Barbara Fuchs.

The premiere of Pfffhh…took place on 30 June 2016 at tanzhaus nrw in Dusseldorf.

 

Further performance dates:

3. September 2020 | 10:00 h 

4. September 2020 | 10:00 h

5. September 2020 | 16:00 h

6. September 2020 | 16:00 h

at the ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne.

TEAM 

Artistic direction: Barbara Fuchs
Dance: Odile Foehl
Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Choreographic assistence: Emily Welther
Stage: Barbara Fuchs
PR: Kerstin Rosemann

Photography: cMEYER_ORIGINALS

A tanzfuchs PRODUKTION, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw as part of Take-off: Junger Tanz, supported by Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW. Also co-produced by BARNES CROSSING Freiraum für TanzPerformanceKunst. The production is further supported by Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW and NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste. Supported also by the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. tanzfuchs PRODUKTION is endorsed by RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur.

Press quotes

Neue Westfälische, Paderborn 23.11.2017

Queen of the rubber world

“She wakes up in a bed of rubber, starts a poetic performance with rubber tires and bicycle tubes and becomes, among other things, the queen of this freely designable space. In the studio of the theatre it squeaks and whistles, and by means of a loop machine the rubber girl creates the appropriate sound cosmos, which gets along without words.

Westdeutsche Zeitung, Krefeld 21.11.2016

Rubber woman inspires the spectators in the Heeder

[…] The wirily flexible dancer Odile Foehl stretches and stretches, bounces on the floor like a rubber ball and in the next position bends her limbs as if they were also made of rubber. At first, the kids on the benches are breathless excitement, incredulous amazement and then loud laughter.

 

 

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Buckets of Feeling!

Buckets of Feeling!

Dancers enchant, perform magic, conjure up friends and foes out of objects which tremble with rage, stomp out of spite and jump for joy. With lots of humor and accompanied by live-produced Asian soundscapes (from Kabuki and Beijing opera to Japanese pop), the trio takes the audience playfully into an emotional world full of magic, dance, music and clownery. The premiere of “Buckets of Feeling!” took place on 14. September 2014 at Barnes Crossing in Cologne.

 

 

Book tickets at ehrenfeldstudios e.V.

 

TEAM 

Artistic Direction: Barbara Fuchs
Concept and Idea: Barbara Fuchs+ Emily Welther
Composition: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Dance and Music: Emily Welther + Odile Foehl
Light, Sound and Music: Barbara Fuchs

Photo: MEYER ORIGINALS

Buckets of Feeling! is an Ensemble-Production of tanzfuchs PRODUKTION/Barbara Fuchs, coproduced by tanzhaus nrw – Düsseldorf, Festival Cultura Nova – Heerlen (NL), Theater Baden-Baden and BARNES CROSSING Freiraum for TanzPerformanceKunst – Cologne.
Supported by: Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW; RheinEnergieStiftung.

Press quotes:

Choices (Thomas Linden)
Buckets Full of Gold
Barbara Fuchs presents a minimalist masterpiece – Dance in NRW 11/14

“…When nothing else can be done, we say “throw it in the bucket!”. But in Barbara Fuch’s new dance production, everything revolves around two buckets filled with ideas and brimming with emotion.
So begins the opening sequence, a stroke of genius as both dancers stick their heads into the buckets and blindly draw faces on their backs. Two creatures suddenly appear and express everything from joy to rage with simple gestures and wild beating of the floor with hands and feet. Violin and flute music is played from within the buckets too, supporting the happy, friendly play of the performers. A masterful choreography presents both dancers (Emily Welther and Odile Foehl). Barbara Fuchs adds her own acoustic talents to the electronic sound collage. A friendly, poetic spectacle develops around the two buckets  enthralling the audience both young and old. “Buckets of Feelings!” succeeds with its expertise, nonchalance and charm….”

Tanzweb-Krefeld (Jean-Luc Larquet)
Buckets of Feeling!
13th Krefeld Festival for modern dance “MOVE!”-  Dance for Children
Night critic from Jean-Luc Larquet (translated from the French by TANZwebKrefeld.de)

“…Right from the beginning Emily Welther and Odile Foehl rein the children in, charming them with their music, acrobatics and dance, keeping the fine thread between themselves and their young audience quivering, so that sooner or later the children itch to get up and dance too! The musical score by Jörg Ritzenhoff underscores the fantasy on stage, gliding through the space like a magic carpet….”

 

Piece of paper

Piece of paper

It crackles and rustles, folds, crumples and tears, it is flexible, malleable and can also cut. There are many colours, sizes and thicknesses. Usually they write and print on it, and they also like to paint or do handicrafts: Paper. Cologne based choreographer Barbara Fuchs ventures into the paper jungle with dancer Sonia Mota and composer Jörg Ritzenhoff. With the help of paper, they make changes, external influences and temporal processes visible: paper “remembers” every wrinkle, every tear and every cut. And just as traces and external influences inscribe themselves in paper, experiences and impressions are inscribed in our bodies – through scars, quirks, wrinkles. Hardly anyone can embody this reminiscent body better than Sonia Mota, who turns 70 this year; she is an “archivist” of movements and dance. Together with the musician Jörg Ritzenhoff they roam the paper jungle and tell their experiences and stories with live sound and movements.

The premiere of Papierstück took place on 27 September 2018 at tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf.

 

 

 

Further performance dates: 

4 October 2020 | tba in TanzFaktur, Cologne (http://www.tanzfaktur.eu/)

22.-26. October 2020 | tba in Kunstlinie Almere Flevoland, Almere (https://2turvenhoog.nl/)

21. December 2020 | tba in Toneelschuur Haarlem (https://2turvenhoog.nl/)

TEAM

Artistic director: Barbara Fuchs
Dance: Sonia Mota
Music: Jörg Ritzenhoff
Stage: Odile Foehl
Light: Wolfgang Pütz
Dramaturgy: Henrike Kollmar
Assistance: Emily Welther
PR: Kerstin Rosemann

Photography: cMEYER_ORIGINALS

PIECE OF PAPER is co-produced by tanzhaus nrw as part of Take-off, the Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, the NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste, the Fonds Darstellende Künste, the Kunststiftung NRW and the Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur des Landes NRW. tanzfuchs PRODUKTION is supported by the RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur.

Press quotes

O-Ton | Kulturmagazin mit Charakter

by Michael S. Zerban 

The deeper meaning of the paper

[…] And the fact that you can create interesting music with paper and cardboard also causes a lot of amazement. On the other hand, the Magic Flute for children is really old hat. […] An all-round beautiful afternoon for the children comes to an end – and one wishes that many more children would enjoy such an imaginative, varied and original performance. […]

Tanzende Säcke (choices.de) / Laudatio for the Cologne Children’s and Youth Theatre Prize

by Thomas Linden

[…] In hardly any other production this year was there so much laughter as in the wordless “piece of paper”. The poetry of the material lies in its analogy to skin, which also casts wrinkles and on which time and memory also inscribe themselves. […]

Stadtrevue

by Melanie Suchy

New in the theater – piece of paper

[…] The paper is paired with music, all the rustling, tearing, crackling, splashing becomes rhythm. A great game! […]

Laudation of the WESTWIND jury

[…] Barbara Fuchs has choreographed a scenic concert with the “piece of paper” and the performance has an unbelievably affectionate atmosphere, turned towards the audience. It works for the youngest and for any other age as well. Here the pure play, shimmering creativity, cheerfulness, nonsense, freedom reigns. Highest art! […]